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Sara Storer
For Sara Storer, songwriting’s an organic process.

So when she started writing the songs for her third album, Firefly, she did what she always does - waited for the music and lyrics to arrive.

Her first album, Chasing Buffalo, spawned three number 1 singles (including "Buffalo Bill") and won her Best New Talent at the 2001 Country Music Awards. Chasing Buffalo was written during Sara’s time as a schoolteacher in a remote aboriginal settlement, Kalkaringi, south west of Katherine, NT.

Then came Beautiful Circle, which saw her win a record seven Golden Guitars (including Album of the Year) at the 2004 Tamworth Festival. Beautiful Circle is now close to platinum (70,000 sales, half of which were bought by city listeners).

A large part of Sara’s appeal lies in her uniqueness - she burst on to the Australian music scene just five years ago as a fresh, authentic female voice, and she hasn’t looked back since. Each album has taken a huge step into the musical unknown, and the extraordinary Firefly is no exception. Firefly is an incredibly diverse album, ranging from the quintessentially Australian experiences of "Snow in Mid-July" and "Dungarees" to classic story songs like "Molly Green" and "Chillers Bend" through to sweet, gentle love songs and poignant tracks about the darker side of life.

The exquisite "Star" distils the essence of love, and "Crazy as It Seems" captures the reality of long-term relationships - warts and all - with warmth and humour. Firefly’s most personal songs deal with loss and sadness, however. The first single and title track, "Firefly", is a song about dealing with depression, and about being a small glimmer of hope in someone’s life. The beautiful "Angel" - with its sublime harmonies - was inspired by the death of Sara’s close friend Harry Chandler - the man who featured in her first single, "Buffalo Bill", the song that kick-started her career.

Firefly contains duets with Josh Cunningham of the Waifs ("Important Things") and Paul Kelly - the Slim Dusty classic, "Must’ve Been A Hell Of a Party". Revealing how the collaboration came about Paul Kelly said, "The first time I ever saw Sara perform live was in Tamworth at the Slim Dusty Tribute Show where she sang, "Must’ve Been A Hell Of a Party". Backstage I suggested that if she ever thought about doing a duet with someone that I would love to do the song with her. I don’t think that she was planning to do that...but I planted the seed!"

Sara’s brother Greg Storer also made significant contributions to Firefly. Not only did he co-write and perform a duet on "Chillers Bend" - a powerful story about a love affair that ends in a fatal mystery - he penned one of the album’s standout tracks, "Billabong", a song about his idyllic bush childhood. Sara’s own star is rising fast on the Australian music scene. This year she’s toured with Paul Kelly and has a song on the forthcoming Neil and Tim Finn tribute album, which also features Missy Higgins and Kasey Chambers.

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